Dekhi zamaane ki yaari humbles Sayed Aftab Meerza

Ud ja ud ja pyase bhavre, ras na milega kharon me 
Kagaz ke phool jahan khilte hain, baith na un gulazaron me 
Nadaan tamanna reti me, ummeed ki kashti kheti hai 
Ek hath se deti hai duniya, sau hathon se le leti hai 
Ye khel hai kab se zaari 
Bichhade sabhi, bichhade sabhi baari-baari

Aarrey dekhi zamane ki yaari bichhade sabhi baari-baari
Bichhade sabhi, bichhade sabhi bari-bari

Kya leke mile is duniya se aansu ke siva kuchh paas nahi
Ya phool hi phool they daaman me ya kanton ki bhi aas nahin
Matalab ki duniya hai saari
Bichhade sabhi, bichhade sabhi baari-baari.

SD Burman’s mystical music with Rafi sahab’s divine voice. Unparalleled philosophical poetry by Kaifi Azmi. I don’t have words to describe the emotions this song stirs within me. A powerful thought, one that resonates through the years and with every generation, ‘Dekhi Zamane Ki Yaari’ is one of Kaifi Azmi’s best poems, I feel. The minimal orchestration by SDB ensures that one is not distracted from focusing on the words and the melancholy in Rafi’s voice. SDB knew his craft well. The sheer dejection, a deep sense of loss, the gnawing self-pity and bitterness so perfectly emoted by Rafi. Guru Dutt’s fascination with light and shades serves the song well, heightening the situation of utter desolation. What more can I write about this song, except my humble salutes to the masters of their craft.

The minimal orchestration by SD Burman ensures that one is not distracted from focusing on the words and the melancholy in Rafi’s voice. SD Burman knew his craft well. The sheer dejection, a deep sense of loss, the gnawing self-pity and bitterness so perfectly emoted by Rafi. Guru Dutt’s fascination with light and shade serves the song well, heightening the situation of utter desolation. What more can I write about this song, except my humble salutes to the masters of their craft?

(This essay was written on 29th August 2015)

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Sayed Aftab Meerza lives in Mumbai, works for Tata Consultancy Services, and loves to entertain. And oh, he loves music!

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